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Industrial Action Looms At ScotRail

17 August 2017

TSSA is disappointed that talks today (Thurs)to avoid a dispute at Abellio ScotRail over the company's proposal to axe 22 CCTV monitor staff have failed. TSSA will now ballot members at Scotrail's two CCTV centres in Dunfermline and Paisley on industrial action including strike action. Ballot papers will be sent out this coming Tuesday, August 22nd. Our sister rail union, RMT will also send out ballot papers to its members on the same day.

TSSA is disappointed that talks today (Thurs)to avoid a dispute at Abellio ScotRail over the company's proposal to axe  22 CCTV monitor staff have failed.

 

TSSA will now ballot members at Scotrail's two CCTV centres in Dunfermline and Paisley on industrial action including strike action. Ballot papers will be sent out this coming Tuesday, August 22nd. Our sister rail union, RMT will also send out ballot papers to its members on the same day.   

 

TSSA Scotland organiser, Liz Warren-Corney said, "It's extremely disappointing that ScotRail Alliance would not withdraw their consultation paper proposing to  to axe vital and security-skilled  staff who are responsible for overseeing the safety of Scotland's 10,000 miles of track as well as stations. 

 

"We went into talks this morning in sombre mood following the threat to rail security across the UK following news that Al Qaeda have made Britain's trains and rail tracks a new front line in their terror campaign. But Scotrail repeatedly refused to withdraw their proposal to axe staff so we could have meaningful talks about keeping rail safe. On the day Al Qaeda declared war on the British rail network, you'd have thought retaining trained specialist CCTV monitoring staff and staffing levels on East and West Coast should have been a no brainer. Sadly that was not the case. We will now go ahead and ballot our members. In the mean time, should ScotRail reconsider their position, they know where to find us. We would prefer to get back to the talking table and resolve this matter.

  

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes added, "ScotRail's reputation has sunk to a new low today. Instead of working to minimising risk on Scotland's rail in face of Al Qaeda threats, they are actually helping them.  Their proposal is also  increasing the risk of potential her from other non terror threats. It beggars belief that they will cut corners with passenger safety like this. And in the wake of today's appalling terror threat Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf can no longer it on the sidelines. He and must order ScotRail to prioritise passenger safety, maintain the skilled CCTV jobs or face strike action and the wrath of commuters for not doing the job he's paid to do and ensuring Scotland's people can travel safely."

 

TSSA ballot closes 5th September. RMT's closes 12th. There will be a TSSA members meetings in Paisley on Sunday at noon and Dunfermline in on Monday afternoon at 2.30pm.

 

 

 

 

 

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